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Banana Nut Butter Energy Bites

  • Author: Cheryl Englebretson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (prep and chill time)
  • Yield: 16-20 bites 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Hand Mix
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This healthy energy bite is simple to make and is a very satisfying snack between meals. This is one the whole family will love!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup rolled oats, gluten free
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats or quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter or seed butter)
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt ( especially if your nut or seed butter is unsalted)
  • 2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana with a fork in a small bowl.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients but the chocolate chips.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, if you are using them.
  4. Place the mixing bowl with the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm it up a bit and make it easier to roll.
  5.  Roll the batter into balls using your hands. Place each ball on a parchment lined baking sheet. You may need to clean your hands halfway through if the dough is sticking to your hands.
  6. Once done, place the energy bites in the refrigerator for another 5-10 minutes, before placing them in an airtight container to store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Substitute honey for the maple syrup, if you are not eating vegan and prefer it.
  • Substitute sunflower or pumpkin seed butter for the nut butter to make this nut free.
  • Substitute chia seeds for the flax meal. Both are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids, but the chia seeds have a bit more protein and fiber.
  • Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips are dairy free and free of most common allergens.

Keywords: dairy free, nut free substitutions, vegan, vegetarian